Tackling the Scourge of Obesity

The World Economic Forum (WEF) which is composed of business leaders throughout the world is an independent international organization that is devoted to the improvement of overall business, politics, and academia in order to refine and shape global, regional and industry agendas.

In the past as an example, the WEF has done marvelous things in making strides with encouraging support for the fight against AIDS and providing vaccinations for children in poor countries. But, now that obesity has grown to epic proportions, tackling this issue has proven to be extensively more complicated as there is not one direct answer to solving it.

Today, the WEF is meeting in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the ramifications that come from obesity. According to the WEF, they estimate "a cumulative $47 trillion of output might be lost in the next 20 years due to non-communicable diseases and mental health problems, with obesity to blame for 44 percent of the diabetes burden and 23 percent of heart disease costs."

Here is where this issue gets more and more complicated, as "one look at the list of the strategic partners of the WEF shows how many vested interests are at play - food and drink companies are blamed for feeding the crisis, while drug manufacturers profit from soaring rates of diabetes."

One large part of improving the overall health of this country and others as well is that behaviors need to change. This is difficult, but don't you think that this is where a great deal of focus should be placed?

As I was looking further into why behavioral change is so difficult, I found this publication from Harvard Medical School which states that, "Considerable research has been aimed at identifying factors that contribute to successful lifestyle change as well as more effective tools for clinicians — especially in the context of a brief office visit — to counsel their patients on adopting healthier habits. One problem may be that we’re motivated too often by a sense of guilt, fear, or regret. Experts who study behavior change agree that long-lasting change is most likely when it’s self-motivated and rooted in positive thinking."

Are we motivated enough to honestly change our behavior to one that is healthier?

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